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In issue 309 -
When an Older Parrot Has Never Learned Skilful Flight – Complete Psittacine by Eb Cravens
In issue 309 -
Scarlet Macaws – were they really bred by indigenous people in the 12th century? Rosemary Low asks the question
In issue 309 -
Understanding the link between nutrition, hormonal behaviours and the avian endocrine system, Part 1 – The Holistic Parrot by Leslie Moran
In issue 309 -
The Yellow-eared Parrot – continues to expand its range in Colombia. By David Waugh, Correspondent, Loro Parque Fundación
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The Biting Parrot

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An Overview by SPBE Co-Chairman and judge, Pat Tucker
Parrots do not bite out of viciousness, it is always in response to a situation. Biting is a form of communication, whether it is to say "leave me alone", "I'm afraid", "I'm the boss of you", "I'm busy", 'I don't feel well", or "I want to breed". Parrots are prey animals which makes them hard-wired to be cautious of predators. In addition, they are psychologically delicate by nature, so much so that biting is most often a defensive reaction to perceived danger, an attempt to control their environment, or confusion due to circumstances. This can happen not only with a newly acquired bird but also with a sweet, long-term pet.

There are warning signs - hissing and/or rocking, tail fanning, fluffing up with an open beak, or eye pinning are signals to back off. Backing into a corner or thrashing are clear signs of extreme fear. Holding feathers close to the body with an erect posture means the bird senses danger. Continued interaction with your parrot under any of these conditions creates a confrontational situation in which the bird's fear or aggression will escalate..

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